NASEMSO Releases Strategy Document for Improving EMS Preparedness

The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Officials (NASEMSO) released on January 29, 2015, its soon-to-be sentinel work, the Emergency Medical Services Domestic Preparedness Improvement Strategy. This strategy document was created through the hard work of a strategy group consisting of representatives of 13 stakeholder organizations representing EMS at the federal, national, state, tribal and local levels. The group examined already-published EMS preparedness reports in order to identify gaps in preparedness and analyze implementable processes and responsibilities stakeholders can use to solve the most significant and persistent gaps in EMS preparedness.

Process Facilitator and Document Author Michael Petrie stated that this strategic document “is a critical release in homeland security because of the number and significance of the groups (federal, national, state, professional, and trade organizations) that contributed to this effort.” Petrie is the Emergency Medical Services Director of Santa Clara County, CA, and a graduate of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS). EMS systems are often the first line of response to significant natural disasters or terrorist incidents and the ability to respond is dependent upon the strength of local, regional and state systems. For this reason, NASEMSO began the project of putting together this report. 

Rather than listing goals in order of priority, this strategy orders goals by four interdependent categories: (1) Development and Promulgation of EMS Strategy; (2) Creation of EMS Preparedness and Response Guidelines; (3) EMS Preparedness and Response Data, Assessments and Analysis; and, (4) EMS Preparedness Organizational Relationships, Responsibilities, and Structures.” The ten goals are as follows: 

  1. To create an EMS Preparedness Agenda for the Future
  2. To establish comprehensive EMS System preparedness capabilities guidelines
  3. To develop EMS personnel preparedness competency guidelines
  4. To establish guidelines for EMS responses to high risk situations
  5. To create model guidelines for EMS crisis standards of care
  6. To evolve EMS systems to provide optimal pediatric disaster medical care
  7. To develop EMS preparedness standards and assessment methodologies
  8. To create a national EMS disaster data analytic capability
  9. To improve interaction between state’s EMA and EMS’ offices
  10. To evaluate the current Federal structure for EMS

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